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Rain or Shine… Puck will Drop…
Amidst torrential rain, sun warmth and cold, the hockey fraternity came out in support of the 16th Annual Ravens Invitational in 2019. Lucky we play indoors.
An amazing level of skill across the Under 16, Under 19, Senior Women, Senior and Premier grades did not disappoint spectators, families and visitors despite the weather conditions outside the venue.
At times deafening rain fall, hard to hear timing sirens and whistles, the players, referees, scorebench managed the games admirably, almost to time and some very close results overall.
We welcomed the NZ teams to provide them some training games against club teams entered. The NZ Senior Women and NZ Junior Men will soon be traveling to Barcelona to the World Skate World Roller Games and the NZ Masters travelling to Hawaii to attend the AAU Inline Hockey Championships. On behalf of the New Plymouth ravens we wish them every success.
The weekend was filled with thrills and spills, with a few upsets. The overall results were;
Under 16: Devils 1st, Penguins 2nd, Panthers 3rd
Senior Women: Panthers 1st, Devils 2nd, Panthers 1st
Under 19: Devils 1st, Panthers 2nd, Penguins 3rd
Senior: Ravens 1st, Renegades 2nd, Devils 3rd
Premier: Penguins 1st, Stingrays 2nd, Panthers 3rd
Winners of the Premier grade, Capital Penguins will also be heading to the USA in July to compete at Narch.
Ravens also had junior teams competing in Hamilton at the annual Hamilton Devils Junior tournament. Teams in Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Junior Women competed.
The Ravens sincerely thank the assistance from all coaches and managers, however special mention to Julia Craig for heading up the scorebench and all her helpers, Kane Taylor for scheduling the referees and coordinating the rosters, Alethea Stove, Sandra Kivell, Suzanne Kingi, Willy Harvey, Alan Henderson, Cam Rock, Brent Taylor, Craig Heyward, Rob Henry, Jorja Rosser, Carol Rosser, the fundraising families supporting their players in NZ teams from New Plymouth, Trent Cox and many others.
We are also grateful for the expertise of Richard Huffam and his crew of helpers to enable the club to stream all games from the rink. Primo Wireless have supported the venue for two years now, providing free wifi and the ability to stream worldwide. We thank every one of you, your support and assistance is hugely appreciated to help make sure these events are so well received and supported by our visiting clubs.